Caprio embraces deal with 38 Studios
Democrat Frank Caprio is alone among the major gubernatorial candidates in offering unqualified support for the state Economic Development Corporation’s decision to extend a $75 million loan guarantee to Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios. Caprio’s campaign was more cautious before Monday’s vote, but he told me the following yesterday:
I’m optimistic about it. The [EDC] board knew more than anybody. They voted almost unanimously for it. So now in my role as a candidate and future governor, I’m going to be a cheerleader for it . . . Let’s do everything in a top-shelf fashion, and let’s put the wind at the back of 38 Studios., and let’s make sure it’s a success.
I understand the fact that this is an emerging industry that’s got to keep on growing by leaps and bounds. In my household, we have a young student [his son, Frank Jr.] who likes to play the video games as well [do] all his friends, so it’s a whole different world out there, and if this can create a cluster of industries here in Rhode Island, I’m willing to take a chance on it.
Independent gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee and Moderate Ken Block have also been outspoken in their opposition, while Republicans John Robitaille and Victor Moffitt shared more muted concerns.